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Tennessee students asked to use new gender-neutral pronouns

Saturday, August 29, 2015
The University of Tennessee's Ayres Hall
The University of Tennessee Office for Diversity and Inclusion is asking students and faculty to use the pronouns in order to create a more inclusive campus, ...

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Union University leaves council over same-sex marriage

Thursday, August 20, 2015
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, right, shakes hands with Dr. Samuel Oliver, president of Union University, left, after participating in a conference call in Lee's Capitol Hill office in Washington, Wednesday, June 3, 2015, with representatives from religious nonprofits who are concerned about how the Supreme Court's upcoming gay marriage decision will affect their institutions, and members of the media. Dr. Jerry Johnson, president of the National Religious Broadcasters is center.
Union President Samuel Oliver notified the council of the school's withdrawal in a letter on Aug. 10. ...

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Tennessee attorney general drops same-sex divorce case

Friday, July 10, 2015
Nashville, Tenn.
On Friday, the office sent a brief to the Tennessee Court of Appeals making clear that it won't stand in the way of Frederick Michael Borman and Larry Kevin Pyles-Borman getting a divorce. ...

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Tennessee: All three clerks in Decatur County resign over opposition to same-sex marriage

Friday, July 3, 2015
Decatur County Courthouse in Decaturville, Tenn.
Officials in Decatur County, Tenn., say all three employees in the clerk's office have resigned because of their opposition to the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned bans on same-sex marriage. ...

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All Tennessee counties now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Tennessee
All of Tennessee's county clerks are ready to or are already issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, according to county staffers and gay marriage advocates. ...

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Tenn. GOP wants to protect clergy from officiating same-sex weddings in case 1st Amendment changes

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Tennessee state capitol in Nashville.
Members of the House Republican Caucus are proposing legislation to protect ministers who choose not to perform a marriage that violates their religious beliefs. ...

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‘No gays allowed’ at Tennessee hardware store, they’re against the owner’s religion

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
"No gays allowed" sign at Amyx Hardware & Roofing Supply in Washburn, Tenn.
A Tennessee hardware store owner is expressing his dissatisfaction with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage by displaying a "no gays allowed" sign at his business. ...

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Same-sex couples wed as marriages get underway in Tennessee

Friday, June 26, 2015
Sophy Jesty, left, and Valeria Tanco, who were plaintiffs in the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that guarantees a Constitutional right to same-sex marriage, address the media at University of Tennessee College of Law Friday, June 26, 2015, in Knoxville, Tenn.
Same-sex couples across the state of Tennessee were going to county clerks' offices to get marriage licenses on what many were calling "day one." ...

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Marriage issue complicates immigration, motherhood for Tennessee couple

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Sophy Jesty, left, and Val Tanco, right, with their dog, Biscuit, at their home in Knoxville, Tenn.
When Valeria Tanco and Sophy Jesty began dating during post-graduate veterinary training at Cornell University, their relationship faced more than the usual run of hurdles. ...

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Army Reserve sergeant is legally married while at work, but not at home

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Thomas Kostura, left, and Sgt. 1st Class Ijpe DeKoe at their Memphis, Tenn. apartment.
Thom Kostura and his husband take lots of road trips, and each time they cross a state line they make a game of declaring "We're married!" or "We're not married!" - depending on whether the state recognizes same-sex marriage. ...

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